Gem Notes

Jewelry Designs Transform NatureWorking with “alternative” or ornamental gemstones allows a California designer to transport nature into the highly artificial world of jewelry fashion.Craig Marinovich, CEO of Gem Shapes in Sausalito, uses materials like fossilized dinosaur bone, mammoth ivory, boulder opal, bloodstone, and gold, copper, and silver embedded in quartz to project colors and geographical features prevalent in the natural world. “Within these gems,” says Marinovich, “are reflecting rivers, sunburnt deserts, brilliant marshes, starry skies and galaxies, rocky coasts, and undulating seas.” Marinovich transforms these visions into jewelry with designs that enhance each gem’s unique qualities.The classic gold in quartz is a good example of an ornamental stone’s ability to seize the imagination. As you see the gold veining branch out into the white quartz, you get

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